A mid-winter game of geopolitical chess with Ukraine’s fate hanging in the balance

A mid-winter game of geopolitical chess with Ukraine’s fate hanging in the balance

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Russian tanks and mechanized infantry are churning dangerously close to Ukraine’s borders. Politicians are in overdrive trying to find new adjectives and soundbites to describe the combustible situation.  Diplomats throughout Europe and the USA are trying to stop the clock on what’s presumed to be Russian President Vladimir […]

Global economic growth faces pandemic and inflationary undertows

Global economic growth faces pandemic and inflationary undertows

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler The global economy is hardly out of the woods yet. The resurgent Corona virus pandemic, coupled with labor shortages and an inflationary surge not seen in a generation, have served as an undertow to wider and sustainable economic growth. “The world is now two years into the COVID-19 […]

Covid gloom shadows world as power of central governments grow

Covid gloom shadows world as power of central governments grow

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler As the New Year brings hope and renewal, the tragic reality remains that the Covid-19 virus with all its deadly variants, continues to plague the planet now fully two years after the malady emerged from Wuhan, China.  Thus, despite much justified optimism over wider vaccinations, the pandemic has […]

Looking ahead at 2022: U.S. surrender in Afghanistan still making geopolitical waves

Looking ahead at 2022: U.S. surrender in Afghanistan still making geopolitical waves

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler The political reverberations following America’s Afghanistan pullout debacle still shake the geopolitical landscape from Ukraine to the Taiwan Straits. But shall pending military calculations in Moscow and Beijing take advantage of a perceived power vacuum in the wake of the Afghan fiasco or will diplomacy deflect the sword […]

Hungary helping embattled Christian communities in Mid-East, Africa

Hungary helping embattled Christian communities in Mid-East, Africa

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler The Christmas Season is upon us. Seasonal cheer is everywhere. Christmas trees, wreaths and pine bunting abound. Lights and displays on stores and homes glisten reflecting the Advent joy as our weary world celebrates its second Covid Christmas. While there’s certainly cause for celebration and family gatherings, let’s […]

Pearl Harbor ‘moments’ then and now as the ‘greatest generation’ fades from view

Pearl Harbor ‘moments’ then and now as the ‘greatest generation’ fades from view

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler The thunderclap came on an early Sunday morning.  Amidst the idyllic and serene Pacific setting of Hawaii, Imperial Japan launched a surprise and devastating carrier-based air attack on the U.S. fleet moored at Pearl Harbor, outside Honolulu. December 7, 1941 would be the date which would live in […]

Taliban war booty exceeds military spending of Germany, Japan, South Korea, Australia

Taliban war booty exceeds military spending of Germany, Japan, South Korea, Australia

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler When the Taliban forces overran Afghanistan a few months ago, not only did they capture a country continuously in conflict since the initial Soviet invasion in 1979, but they equally seized huge stockpiles of American supplied weapons provided to the defeated Afghan military. The unexplained and reckless U.S. […]

Afghans to ‘pay twice’ after Taliban takeover

Afghans to ‘pay twice’ after Taliban takeover

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Following the Taliban’s lightning takeover of Afghanistan and America’s humiliating withdrawal, the remote South Asian country soon morphed into the political netherworld. The U.S. war was over, the Taliban Islamic fundamentalists had won, and the long-suffering Afghan people were relegated to the tragic club of conflict-wrecked countries that […]

Migrants as pawns in Putin’s hybrid warfare

Migrants as pawns in Putin’s hybrid warfare

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler The setting is remote. The players are highly improbable. Yet in the deep and forgotten forests along the Belorussian/Polish frontier, thousands of migrants from far off Syria, Iraq, and even Afghanistan are massing and milling trying to enter Poland. Why? Because Poland forms the easternmost frontier of the […]

How could life in North Korea get even worse? Meet the Covid-19 Communism variant

How could life in North Korea get even worse? Meet the Covid-19 Communism variant

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler The ongoing global COVID pandemic combined with a shroud of secrecy and indifference has hidden the fast-deteriorating human rights situation in North Korea. Now yet another report by the UN’s Rapporteur on Human Rights in the quaintly titled Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), underscores a grim reality […]

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